Job Openings in Miami Slashed by Local Newspaper

6 04 2009

A top local newspaper is the latest to shed job openings in Miami.

The Miami Herald Media Company recently announced that it plans to eliminate 49 jobs in the near future through voluntary buyouts and involuntary layoffs. The cutbacks will most likely affect all divisions of the company.

“These actions come in response to the volatility of the economic recovery, a situation that is affecting many industries,” President and Publisher David Landsberg said.

The positions to be eliminated include seven full-time and two-part time jobs in The Miami Herald newsroom as well as four full-time and two part-time jobs in the El Nuevo Herald newsroom. In addition, all employees will be required to take a second unpaid furlough day this year.

Specific jobs to be axed include an assignment editor, copy editor, designer, library position, photographer, online editor, and two wireroom positions. The company also will reorganize some of its staff in an effort to be more efficient.

“In an effort to minimize the number of layoffs, we will achieve additional savings in several ways: through operational efficiencies and the elimination of open positions, and in a second furlough that will begin in the fourth quarter,” Landsberg said. “We will be announcing details of the furlough plan as soon as possible.”

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